two years, from February to July, Europe is the stage of X-Factor for
architects: Europan. Not a TV show with spry producers or tattooed
rappers, but THE call for ideas, an international competition open to
every architect - talented or presumed ones - exclusively aged under-40.
entire Europe takes part, with thousands of architects (who inevitably
raise the level of the competition) who choose one or more project
areas among those proposed by the organizer around Europe, focusing on
a topical issue of general interest: this year the "productive city".
The fourteenth edition, ended with the announcement of the winners last
month, marked the (usual) incredible numbers: 44 cities-case studies,
scattered in 13 different European countries, from Spain to Poland,
from Italy to Finland; 1003 submitted projects of 1223 registrations,
coming from 35 different countries; 244 shortlisted projects, of which
136 rewarded: 41 winners, 47 runners-up, 48 special mentions.
In this sea of
projects there are wonderful drawings, visionary ideas and very often
young architects destined to a sure career in the near future.
As I am an avid
participant (always defeated!), here’s my selection, the best of the
best, without a precise rule: sometimes the project, sometimes a
drawing, others a simple detail or the general glance. Do you ever
experience a love at first sight? I do, very often, in architecture as
Winner in Alcoy, Spain
Victor Navarro, María Langarita, Policarpo Del Canto, Adrian Ubeda, Monica De La Peña
Runner-up in Karlskrona, Sweden
Mariachiara Mondini, Giulia Ragnoli
The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
Special mention in Zwickau, Germany
|Magdalena Müller, Philipp Fink
Runner-up in Linz, Austria.
Andrea Chiarelli, Enrico Ferraresi, Giacomo Magnani, Gabriella Dora Romito
Good Morning City!
Special mention in Graz, Austria.
Natalia Vera Vigaray, Francisco Javier Martin Dominguez, Tijn Van De Wijdeven
Winner in Amsterdam-Piarcoplein, Netherlands.
Federica Andreoni, Annachiara Bonora, Valeria Lollobattista, Mattia Biagi, Marco Mondello, Valerio Socciarelli